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Dr Emily Don is a lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences at Macquarie University. Emily completed her PhD in the Department of Anatomy and Histology at the University of Sydney. Her PhD researched focused on the genetic basis of limb development and loss using zebrafish as a model system. In 2013, she joined the newly formed Motor Neuron Disease Research Centre at Macquarie University to transition into neuroscience research by applying her previous experience in zebrafish models to the field of motor neuron disease research. After increasingly engaging with the developing teaching program in the Faculty, in 2018, Emily was appointed as a lecturer of Professional Practice, reflecting her keen interest in the intersection of research and professionalism. Since then, Emily has continued to pursue her educational specialist goals by convening and leading teaching in a variety of subjects in an innovative and student first approach.
Dr Emily Don first began teaching in 2010 at the University of Sydney. She has diverse teaching interests in subjects ranging from professionalism in the clinical sciences, anatomy and histology, motor neuron disease and genetics. She has completed the Foundations in Learning and Teaching course and is currently completing her AHEA fellowship. She has a keen focus on engaging, online delivery of lecture content combined with on campus tutoring and is currently teaching the following classes:
Unit Convenor -Foundations in Ethics and Society, B.ClinSci
Unit Co-Convenor -Human Genomics and Evolutionary Medicine, FSE
Theme Lead -Embryology, MQMD
Theme Lead -Histology, MQMD
MEDI7004 -Decoding the human brain
MEDI7007 -Unlocking mechanisms of disease
Teaching and Leadership
As a level B academic, Emily is developing her teaching leadership through continued training and participates in the following teaching leadership activities:
Member of the FMHHS Faculty Discipline Committee
Member of the B.ClinSci Professional Practice working group
Contributor and Presenter to FMHHS Connect teaching program
Member of Macquarie University's Teaching and Leadership community of practice
Associate Fellow of Macquarie University's HDR Supervision Framework
Applicant for Higher Education Academy Fellowship
Member B.ClinSci Learning Outcomes review committee
Peer-Reviewer HLTH109 Unit Review, Beginning to Teach program
Dr Don has previously developed a molecular toolkit for the generation of zebrafish models of neurodegenerative disease. Using this toolkit, the team has established several zebrafish models of motor neuron disease and transgenic lines for the in vivo, real time study of the nervous system. Emily’s research aims to build on that work by developing a molecular toolkit of genetically encoded reporters in order to study the development and aging of the nervous system and the pathology of neurodegenerative disease in zebrafish models.
Research student supervision
-Nicholas Kakaroubas, MRes2
-Natalie Scherer, PhD
-Andres Vidal-Itriago, PhD
-Maddy Tym, MRes2
-Alison Hogan, PhD
-Jack Stoddart, PhD
President and Founding Member of the FMHHS EnCouRage network for ECRs
Member Executive Group of the Macquarie University Centre for Motor Neuron Disease Research
Member Philantropy Group of the Macquarie University Centre for Motor Neuron Disease Research
State Representative for the Australia and New Zealand Cell and Developmental Biology society
Internal Contact for Franklin Women Academic Partner with MQ Health
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Blair, I., Rowe, D., Guillemin, G., Chung, R., Atkin, J., Cole, N., Laird, A., Lim, E., Williams, K., Yang, S., Morsch, M., Lee, A., Shi, B., Walker, A. K., Lovejoy, D., Furlong, S., Adams, L., Syal, D., Bazzi, R., Svahn, A., Parakh, S., Shahheydari, H., Konopka, A., Ragagnin, A., Mehta, P., Wright, A., Bourbon, L., Sabaretnam, M., Don, E., Hortle, E., De Luca, A., Zhang, K., Tarr, I., Galper, J., Varney, B., Chow, S. & Formella, I.
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Don, E. & Ekker, S.
1/09/15 → 30/11/15
Flow cytometry allows rapid detection of protein aggregates in cell culture and zebrafish models of spinocerebellar ataxia-3Robinson, K. J., Tym, M. C., Hogan, A., Watchon, M., Yuan, K. C., Plenderleith, S. K., Don, E. K. & Laird, A. S., 10 Mar 2021, (Submitted) In: bioRxiv.
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In vivo validation of bimolecular fluorescence complementation (BiFC) to investigate aggregate formation in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)Don, E. K., Maschirow, A., Radford, R. A. W., Scherer, N. M., Vidal-Itriago, A., Hogan, A., Maurel, C., Formella, I., Stoddart, J. J., Hall, T. E., Lee, A., Shi, B., Cole, N. J., Laird, A. S., Badrock, A. P., Chung, R. S. & Morsch, M., May 2021, In: Molecular Neurobiology. 58, 5, p. 2061-2074 14 p.
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Unbiased label-free quantitative proteomics of cells expressing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) mutations in CCNF reveals activation of the apoptosis pathway: a workflow to screen pathogenic gene mutationsCheng, F., Luca, A. D., Hogan, A. L., Rayner, S. L., Davidson, J. M., Watchon, M., Stevens, C. H., Muñoz, S. S., Ooi, L., Yerbury, J. J., Don, E. K., Fifita, J. A., Villalva, M. D., Suddull, H., Chapman, T. R., Hedl, T. J., Walker, A. K., Yang, S., Morsch, M., Shi, B. & 4 others, , 27 Apr 2021, In: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience. 14, p. 1-18 18 p., 627740.
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The redox activity of protein disulfide isomerase inhibits ALS phenotypes in cellular and zebrafish modelsParakh, S., Shadfar, S., Perri, E. R., Ragagnin, A. M. G., Piattoni, C. V., Fogolín, M. B., Yuan, K. C., Shahheydari, H., Don, E. K., Thomas, C. J., Hong, Y., Comini, M. A., Laird, A. S., Spencer, D. M. & Atkin, J. D., 22 May 2020, In: iScience. 23, 5, p. 1-27 27 p., 101097.
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Kynurenine 3-monooxygenase activity in human primary neurons and effect on cellular bioenergetics identifies new neurotoxic mechanismsCastellano-Gonzalez, G., Jacobs, K. R., Don, E., Cole, N. J., Adams, S., Lim, C. K., Lovejoy, D. B. & Guillemin, G. J., Apr 2019, In: Neurotoxicity Research. 35, 3, p. 530-541 12 p.
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